Mint Co-founders and Board

Mint Artists Guild was started in 2015 as a way to help young people learn about selling their work at art fairs as they explored the variety of artists’ careers. Linda Buck and Vickie Elmer launched the first Mint creative summer jobs program in 2016, which hired four Detroit young people who painted about 23 large paintings and almost as many smaller ones.

Mint's Co-Founders

Artist / Arts Educator Linda Buck

Writer / Editor and Career Coach Vickie Elmer

Events Organizer Mark Loeb

Public Art Artist Hubert Massey

Mint's Board Members

We are a group of artists, entrepreneurs and educators who believe creativity and business work better together. New board members are added annually in November or December, often from active volunteers or our Mint Ambassadors program. Board members are expected to give time and treasure to help Mint Artists' growth.
Mint Artists Guild board meetings are open to all who come with respect and interest. Meetings are held the second Wednesdays; our next meetings are scheduled for Nov. 13 and Jan. 8, 2020. Please contact us for more information and to attend.
Meet the current board:

Alexis Bagley

This 21-year-old artist was born and raised in Detroit. She has created art from a very young age and really used her talent in Mint's Learn and Earn program during her senior year at Cass Tech. She loves travel and creating Afro-futurism in her creative work.

Trinity Brown

This emerging artist has been in many Mint events - and in 2018, established her own, with coaching from Mint. The Curved Emerging Artists Show is scheduled for Sept. 1 at Eastern Market, and features 50 artists under age 30. Trinity creates jewelry using copper, sterling silver and semi precious stones.

Vickie Elmer, President

A freelance writer and editor who focuses on careers and business, she co-founded the organization and leads it day to day.  Elmer also started the Magic of Art in Palmer Park in 2015 and runs Mity Nice, a social enterprise that hires teens for summer jobs.

Will Langford

Detroit native Will Langford is a poet, teaching artist, and Fulbright scholar. He is the 2017 Motown Mic Spoken Word Artist of the Year, and the voice of Michigan State University’s “Empower Extraordinary” campaign. Will divides his energy between education and community development projects in his hometown of Detroit, East Africa, and the East Lansing area. He already is well known as an active Mint supporter, a volunteer and ambassador who often buys Mint art. He also gave a poetry slam at our Mint Masterpieces fundraiser in 2019. His idea for blackout poetry was featured in the Mint blog series Creative Ideas for Challenging Times. And Will stepped up to lead our Metro Detroit Youth Arts Competition.
Will Langford is a Ph.D. student at Michigan State in curriculum instruction and teacher education.

Hubert Massey, Vice President

Massey is a revered Detroit artist and muralist.  He is the creator of major mosaics, frescos and murals in Detroit, Flint and elsewhere. He loves working with young people; his son Matthew participated in our 2015 program and he participates in education and summer jobs.

Kelly O'Neill

A retired General Motors marketing professional, Kelly O'Neill is an artist and sculptor whose work is sold at galleries and art fairs. She had a booth across from Mint Artists at the Funky Ferndale Art Fair in 2017, and soon after became a Mint Ambassador. Mrs. O'Neill created the Mint videos and YouTube channel before Mint Masterpieces. She leads the Mint Marketing Working Group.

Pamela Hilliard Owens

Hilliard Owens owns and leads Detroit-based businesses offering copywriting and editing, book publishing, and branding and marketing services to clients around the world. She is a former high school and middle school teacher, former college instructor, former corporate sales manager, and is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She leads Mint’s education working group.

James Purrington

An associate at Dickinson-Wright, he specializes in patents and intellectual property law. He's a graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law at Western Michigan University and works from the law firm's Troy offices. He helped Mint Artists develop an employment agreement (pro bono) and is interested in working with our youth on intellectual property law.

James Gomez, Treasurer

James Gomez joined Mint as our financial lead at the end of 2017. He is an auditor and accountant with a passion for helping youth. He has worked for a major music and concert company and for smaller accounting firms. He was elected Mint's treasurer in September 2018.

Charlene Uresy

Charlene Uresy is an artist who is known for her colorful clothing and jewelry, her vibrant smile and her ample use of ancient African symbols on repurposed furniture. She sells her beautiful work, furniture and photographs, in fine art fairs and a few galleries. Charlene takes photographs at art and cultural events around Detroit and shares them on Facebook. She previously worked as a physical education teacher for Detroit Public Schools.
She is a member of the National Conference of Artists and the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club and was in the show "When There Are Nine," which honors the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote and imagines the U.S. Supreme Court as if it were all female.

Donna Jackson

Artist, curator and designer Donna Jackson leads DMJ Studio, which produces art shows that celebrate female artists. She created the Posters on Politics international exhibit and is working on another. She created the Doors of Opportunity project in Detroit, which was installed in Detroit schools. Donna has spoken to Mint Artists and is working on our education initiatives. She has developed two new career workshops for our youth.

Linda Whitaker

 

A retired Detroit Public Schools principal, Linda Whitaker has a leadership role in the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club. She loves youth and art and she and her husband, David, have one of the best private collections of art in the city of Detroit.

 

De'Shaia Ventour

This Mint Artist works in duct tape, attends Cass Technical High School and is very entrepreneurial. She has been part of the Mint Learn & Earn group for two years and worked for Detroit Fiber Works (a connection she made through Mint). Connect with her on Instagram.

Margaret Wilson, Secretary

A retired Detroit Public Schools assistant principal, Wilson has worked as a counselor for a housing organization and has volunteered in the community. She is an active art collector.

Check out our page on all the ways you can get involved with Mint.